Missing Chinese tourist found in Bangkok shopping mall

By Hoang Vu   June 10, 2024 | 12:32 am PT
Missing Chinese tourist found in Bangkok shopping mall
Traffic jam at Bangkok's Chinatown, one of the top tourist attraction spots in Thailand. Photo by Reuters
A 27-year-old Chinese tourist who was suspected of being kidnapped in Thailand for a five-million-yuan (US$690,000) ransom has been found at a shopping mall in Bangkok.

Police officers discovered her at Home ProBangNa shopping mall in the city’s Bang Na district on Saturday and took her to the police station to reunite with her family who had flown in from China, Bangkok Post reported.

She was safe and unhurt, police said as quoted by local media outlet Thaiger.

She flew to Bangkok on June 5 and then received a call from strangers, saying she had violated an anti-money laundering law. She was ordered to change her SIM card and moved to different hotels.

On Friday, her father back home in China received messages on WeChat, saying her daughter had been kidnapped and his family must transfer 5 million yuan so that she could be released.

However, police said there was no real kidnapping and suspected she and her family had fallen victim to a call-scam gang.

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